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NUW Welcomes Schanna Polivka LMT, CST

Schanna is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Reiki Master, and a truly gifted bodyworker.  Throughout her professional career she has incorporated multiple techniques to ease pain and enhance relaxation.  From sports massage to prenatal massage – and much in between, Schanna combines her remarkable ability to listen to your body and provide the precise touch that it needs to inspire healing and relaxation.  She prides herself in her ability to tune into the specific needs of her clients and combine therapies to provide a uniquely therapeutic experience.

A gifted artist, Schanna enjoys watercolor painting when she is not spending time with her family, her horses, or hiking in nature.

Book your appointments with Schanna HERE or by calling 608-799-8326.

 

 

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Craniosacral Therapy

When we were expanding the therapies center, I knew that craniosacral therapy was one of the services we needed to offer – but I didn’t have a clear understanding of what it was. I went on a mission to learn more about it and of course, I had a session and that’s when I was totally sold!

First I’ll tell you about my experience and then I’ll share some of the results we have seen in our center.

The thing I remember most about my first craniosacral experience was the total zen feeling at the end.  I was perfectly alert – yet perfectly relaxed… a sign of a balanced autonomic nervous system.  “Zen” is the best way I can describe it.  I was no longer in “fight or flight” mode from the stresses of running a growing business.  I was fully “in my body”.  I hired the therapist on the spot.

Clients started to get the same results and more.  One client had shattered her pelvis in an accident decades ago and had suffered from migraines ever since.  She had tried numerous drugs and therapies and only got mild results.  With craniosacral therapy she was able to get noticable and cumulative relief!

Clients with TMJ, Attention Deficit, and those who suffered emotional and physical trauma of a difficult birthing experience, all saw benefits right away.  When you’re supporting the nervous system, every single cell in the body benefits.

Craniosacral therapy, as described by the founders:

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of symptoms associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. SER1 offers applications designed to enhance results using CST and other complementary therapies.

  • Assess and mobilize the Avenue of Expression working through more than 10 different body components, including the thoracic inlet, hard palate and hyoglossal tissues.
  • Locate and release Energy Cysts.
  • Release suppressed emotions that may be inhibiting complete structural releases.
  • Refine listening and comprehension skills.
  • Improve palpation and whole-body evaluation skills.

To book a craniosacral appointment, call 608-799-8326 or click HERE to schedule online.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Acid Blockers

dreamstime_xs_73943828If you’re over 40, you might remember television commercials stating “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.”  Then the actor would to give you medical advice about certain drugs that he said would be helpful.  Today, things are much different.  Today you have an actor playing Larry the Cable Guy telling you to take a certain drug for your acid reflux.  WHAT?!?  This guy doesn’t even pretend to know what he’s talking about.  He pretends to install cable television, but this guy is giving medical advice?!?  Oh boy!

Why are people taking medical advice from this guy?

Why are people taking medical advice from this guy?

Here are 5 things Larry the Cable Guy doesn’t know about acid blockers:

  • The symptoms of too much acid and not enough acid are the same.
  • Most people with acid reflux don’t have enough stomach acid.
  • Most people with insufficient stomach acid (naturally or due to taking acid blocking drugs) become deficient in many nutrients starting with Vitamin B12 and Magnesium.
  • The manufacturers of acid blockers suggest a standard dosing maximum of 8 weeks of usage.
  • Acid blockers are linked to neuroendocrine tumors, bone fractures, C. diff infections, and atrophic gastritis.

 

dreamstime_xs_55452108Intrigued?  Allow me to explain a little more about the symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, and esophagitis.  When you don’t have enough stomach acid and you eat foods that require stomach acid for proper digestion, that food ROTS in your stomach.  It putrefies.  The acids that are generated are fermentation acids, not digestive acids.  That putrefied food eventually leaves your stomach and gets into your intestines and causes inflammation because it was not properly digested.  Your small intestine is then unable to fully extract and absorb the nutrients from your food and deficiencies begin to develop.  The inflammation in your intestines can lead to “leaky gut” (intestinal permeability) and food allergies/sensitivities and a weakened immune system.  This cascade of dominoes continues, but you get the picture.

Getting off acid blockers can be tricky because after long term use, some damage to your stomach lining and intestines may have occurred and a repair program may need to be implemented.  We take clients through a process using a variety of digestive enzymes, stomach acid supplements, herbs such as deglycyrrhizinated licorice, marshmallow root, and slippery elm bark, as well as gut building supplements like colostrum and glutamine.  We strongly recommend working with a knowledgeable wellness professional to support you through this process (which typically takes about three months).  Our goal is always to help the body to restore its ability to manufacture sufficient stomach acid and to naturally support the digestive process.

>To learn more about stomach acid supplementation, click here.

>To learn more about the side effects, warnings, and contraindications of your acid blocker, click here.

>To schedule a consultation with a wellness professional, click here.

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